Summer Style: Two-Piece Sets

It’s time to ditch the comfy sweaters and step into your shorts and tees because that’s right, summer is finally here.

But instead of going for the easy sundress or romper on these hot days, why not try something new?

This summer, step out of your comfort zone and try a matching two-piece set.

These sets consist of a top and bottom of matching color or print. Not only are they chic but they’re comfortable too. It’s almost as if you’re wearing high-fashion pajamas.

The best part about two piece sets is that they come in all different styles. Skirts, tank-tops, shorts, pants, some that show mid-drift and some that don’t. Along with different styles, there are many different prints too. There is a two-piece set for everyone.

Check out these looks for inspiration on how to style a two-piece set of your own!

Dressy

top and bottom from lulu's
top and bottom from lulus.com

Paired with a bold heel and sassy clutch, this look is great for a night out with friends or a date night.

top and bottom from missguidedus.com
top and bottom from missguidedus.com

Feeling a little edgy? Throwing on a semi-bold black print like the set above is the perfect option.

Casual

top and bottom from urbanoutfitters.com
top and bottom from urbanoutfitters.com

This soft top and bottom are great for a lazy day in or heading to the grocery store. Paired with comfy sandals, you’ll be staying cool and comfy.

top and bottom from asos.com
top and bottom from asos.com

Want to add some girly-ness to your look? This casual top with skirt are great for a day out shopping paired with a leather satchel.

What better time to make a style statement then summer? Try a two-piece set today, feel great, and have all eyes on you!

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The Evolution of Sia

Pop sensation Sia hit the billboards by storm when she was featured in David Guetta’s 2012 single “Titanium.” Since then we’ve heard a lot from the artist. Her voice being featured in hit movies such as The Great Gatsby and Fifty Shades of Grey, the release of her album “1000 Forms of Fear,” and who can forget her haunting and unforgettable music videos.

Madison Zeigler in Sia video "Big Girls Cry" image from tvguide.com
Madison Zeigler in Sia video “Big Girls Cry”
image from tvguide.com

Yet, who was Sia before she began hiding herself under eccentric blonde wigs and swinging from chandeliers, and how did she evolve into the artist she is today?

Sia surfaced the music industry over ten years ago with albums like “Colour the Small one,” “Some people have REAL problems,”and “We are Born.” While discovering the artist’s older music, it’s evident her style will remain to have this vocal, pop, dance, vibe. However, despite the fact that her older music did not make the top 40 charts, they’re enjoyable and easy on the ears.

Cover art for the album "Some People have REAL Problems" image from wikepedia.org
Cover art for the album “Some People have REAL Problems”
image from wikepedia.org

As for her music videos, they are still just as confusing and thought-provoking. For example, take a look at “Buttons” or “The Girl you Lost to Cocaine” and it will become clear that she’s been baffling us from the beginning. As different as they may be, they’re intriguing as always and will have you watching them over and over.

gif from "Buttons" music video
gif from “Buttons” music video

The one change between the old Sia and the new is obvious. She hasn’t always had the whole secret identity going on. Yes, the artist actually used to show her face in almost everything she produced. Her unique look and short blonde hair appeared in every music video, and just about every piece of cover art.

Sia circa 2008
Sia circa 2008

So why the change? There’s no one answer and it’s all quite mysterious. One thing’s for certain though, Sia is 100 percent herself and rocking it. We should all be applauding her for it. She’s pushed boundaries and brought us all out of our comfort zones. There’s no doubt she will continue to evolve and create music that will keep her in our headphones and on our toes.

What do you think about Sia’s music from then and now? Let us know in the comments below or on twitter using #glamorouspaper

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4 reasons why the girls of Fifth Harmony are truly BO$$

Sassy girl-group Fifth Harmony have been quickly on the rise since their X-factor days. Similar to British boy-band One Direction, the five girls originally auditioned as soloists only to later to be brought together by producer Simon Cowell.

Since then the girls have proven that they are in fact, ‘BO$$’ and here’s why:

1. They’re diverse

Members include, Ally Brooke Hernandez, Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, Camilla Cabello, and Dinah Jane Johnson, all five members coming from different walks of life, and growing up in different cultures. Their backgrounds range from Hispanic, American, and even Polynesian descent. Despite their differences, they came together, and they stand strong. They really embrace and showcase their own special flavor.

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2. They remind us we’re worth it!

Self worth is so important no matter who you are, and these ladies make sure we know it. Their songs are empowering. Not only for women, but men too. Sure their lyrics are feminine and sassy, but they ring the same message. Love yourself! Don’t settle for anything less than you deserve. Showing the world who you are is a good thing, whether you are feminine, or tough, or shy, or outgoing, or whatever you may be. Ever need a pick-me-up? Play Fifth Harmony through your speakers and they’ll remind you that you’re awesome and should be, C-O-N-F-I-D-E-N-T.

worth it music video
worth it music video
3. Their talent is out of this world

Have you heard these girls sing? The notes that they hit are phenomenal. You never get tired of listening them, seriously! Don’t be ashamed if you listen to one song of theirs 10 times on repeat, no one will judge you because we’ve all been there. Not only that but their dance moves are so sharp. They make you wanna hop right up and start dancing along with them. Plus, if anyone can cover another artists’ music it’s these ladies. Check out their cover of One Direction’s ‘They Don’t Know About Us’ below.

4. They’re strong role models

Being young, beautiful women, they’re always in the spotlight. Eyes watching, especially younger eyes. They set good examples for women everywhere. They portray a positive image by having class, self-worth, and most importantly they are following their dreams. They’re good ladies to look up to, and admire.

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So let’s all take a moment to give Fifth Harmony a ‘Clap Clap Clap Clap’ because we love the way you roll.

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James Franco more than pretty face

Picture James Franco and you see the the tall, dark, and handsome bad boy from the 90’s sitcom ‘Freaks and Geeks’, Seth Rogen’s right hand man, or that funny guy who remade Kanye Wests’ ‘Bound 2’ music video. But there’s more to James Franco than his perfectly chiseled jaw and comedic talent. The actor does it all from writing, producing, directing, and teaching.

His debut book was a collection of short stories called Palo Alto. Published in 2010, the book follows a group of teenagers from Palo Alto, California. And boy does it hit adolescence right on the nose. Everyone relates to the rollercoaster of emotions that comes with growing up. The ups, the downs, the confusion, the clarity, the hurt, the triumph, and the list goes on. Palo Alto’s complex list of characters embody all of that.

Cover of James Franco's 'Palo Alto'
Cover of James Franco’s ‘Palo Alto’

Speaking of characters, there’s tons of them. All stories separate but connected at the same time. The storylines occasionally become hard to follow, with twists and turns left and right, but that’s symbolic. Young adulthood is a crazy mess of a million things happening at once; and like the book, hard to follow.

But please don’t let the messiness turn you away from giving ‘Palo Alto a try. It’s written beautifully. It’s raw and uncensored. You’re right in the mix of the lives of every character, feeling their feelings.

The great thing about books is their ability to be turned into movies. In 2014 Palo Alto was released as a full length feature film. And you always hear that movies don’t live up to their books, but this was not the case with Palo Alto’. Directed by Gia Coppola with the help of Franco, the cast is phenomenal. It stars actors such as Emma Roberts, Nat Wolff, Val Kilmer, James Franco himself, and a little diamond in the rough; Val Kilmer’s son Jack Kilmer.

Emma Roberts in Palo Alto
Emma Roberts in Palo Alto
Nat Wolff and Jack Kilmer in Palo Alto
Nat Wolff and Jack Kilmer in Palo Alto

To get a better look at the making of the film check out Vice News’ Behind the Scenes look at ‘Palo Alto’.

James Franco we applaud you for being an octuple-threat.

Interested in other work by Franco? Check out his short film ‘Le Passione’ and stay tuned for his new film adaption of John Steinbeck’s ‘In Dubious Battle’.

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